Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
As reported here last night, Parker (AL) High point guard Eric Bledsoe announced today that he will take his skills to play for John Calipari’s new school and not his old one.
The 6-foot-1 Bledsoe chose Kentucky over Memphis.
Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News says Bledsoe is the 11th of the state’s top 12 players to leave the state for college.
Bledsoe averaged 20.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 10.3 assists in leading Parker to the Class 5A state championship game. The Thundering Herd beat Kentucky-bound big man DeMarcus Cousins and Mobile (AL) LeFlore 52-39 in the semifinals.
“I’m a pass-first point guard,” Bledsoe said last week during his visit to Memphis. “I can help everybody get to where they need to be.”
Bledsoe becomes the fifth recruit in Kentucky’s incoming class, following Cousins, Jon Hood, Darnell Dodson and Daniel Orton.
Bledsoe also told reporters that Kentucky big man Patrick Patterson would return to school. That would give Calipari an imposing front line rotation of Patterson, Cousins and Orton, with a backcourt that could still include John Wall at the point and Jodie Meeks at the two.
(Photo courtesy Birmingham News)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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